NRS Series 3 Prelim 2

We had an excellent prelim round 2 of Nashville Rising Song Series 3. We had 21 songwriters come out, and all who showed up were able to share their song. We again had a strong group of songwriters at this round! We had some issues with our live stream, so we continued voting for 24 hours, that closed on 8pm CT Tuesday September 11.

Nashville Rising Song Series 3 Prelim Round #2 From left to right, Mark Barnowski (music industry judge), Spencer Jordan (music industry winner), Austin Evans (music industry judge), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director)

Here’s a recap of Preliminary Round 2:

1-Cory Michael
2- Mollie Johnson
3- Spencer Jordan
4- Jim Starks
5- Sami Jo
6- Shane Cook
7- Adam Craw
8- Campbell Harrison
9- James Walters
10- Ed Chester
11- Justin Love
12- Alan Villarreal
13- Scott Jones
14- Patrick O’Connor
15- Zach Henard
16- Tyler Schaffer
17- Taylor Gayle
18- Ari Natan
19- Sam Bowler
20- Clare Cunningham
21- Cory Fisher


Shane Cook (Audience Winner)
Spencer Jordan (Judges Winner)

Shane and Spencer will come back and join 18 other writers for the semi-final round to be held Monday, November 12, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown. The finals will be held Monday, November 19, 2018 at Tin Roof Midtown.


Mark is a singer/songwriter who moved from “Motown” to “Music City” five years ago.
He hit the ground running and in 2015 won the (TSAI) Tennessee Songwriters Association International Male Songwriter of the year award, TSAI’s 2016 and 2017 Song Of The Year and received a special award from the TSAI Board Of Directors for outstanding contributions to the songwriter/music community.

As an artist, “Mark Edwards” charted 4 top 50 singles and reached #43 on Billboards Adult Contemporary Charts. His Debut single “Just Having Touched” peaked at #15 and was the highest Charting independent AC single in the Gavin Report’s history.

Mark earned 20 Gold and Platinum Records as a record promoter for artists such as Michael W Smith, Bruce Hornsby, Harry Connick Jr. and has a multi- platinum award for promoting the longest running single in Billboard History “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes.

Mark is currently the membership Director at TSAI.
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Austin Evans is the creator and owner of The Workshop, Nashville’s only 24-hour writing space. Austin has operated the Workshop for over three years and in that time has had the opportunity to work with hit writers, artists, publishing companies, non-profits and more.
Austin is more than just a businessman, he’s a songwriter too. He’s had multiple songs cut with Big Machine’s newest act, Radio Romance, as well as several songs with the artist Filmore, including “Headlights” which has over 1 million plays on Spotify. Austin loves judging Rising Song because he always enjoys getting to hear new songs from talented people.
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